Deanna Wong


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Deanna is a sociolinguist with a specialization in corpus linguistic research, including corpus analysis, design and annotation. Her doctoral dissertation made use of corpus annotation to identify listener-produced backchannels in telephone conversations. Her postdoctoral research focuses on the use of linguistic corpora to examine interactional aspects of communication that extend beyond structural models of language. For example, currently, she is researching the use of LOL in blog comments, using the Birmingham Blog Corpus.

In January 2016, Deanna was awarded a Spoken BNC2014 Early Access Data Grant from the ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Sciences at Lancaster University and Cambridge University Press to investigate the use of backchannels in the conversations of speakers from throughout the United Kingdom. The research will use corpus markup to identify potential backchannels and determine how similar they are to listener speech in other varieties of English. The resulting paper, co-authored with Dr Haidee Kruger, is due to be published in 2018.

Deanna has also worked as a contributor to the LawTermFinder project, using corpus analysis to demystify the terms commonly used in Australian Family Law.


Deanna delivers courses in the Academic Communication and Undergraduate Linguistics programs within the Department of Linguistics.

Within the Academic Communication program, Deanna guides undergraduate and master's level students from a range of faculties to develop and hone their skills in written and spoken communications. She is co-author with Jean Brick and Maria Herke on the third edition of Academic culture: A student's guide to studying at university, which was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2016. She is also co-authoring a new book with Jean Brick, Maria Herke, and Nick Wilson, developed for an international academic communication audience entitled Academic Success: A student's guide to studying at university, which is due to be published in 2018 by Macmillan. Deanna currently convenes ACSC100 Academic Communication in Science for the undergraduate Academic Communication program.

Within the undergraduate linguistics program, her experience ranges from first to third year, and incorporates an array of linguistic sub-disciplines from introductory levels through to guiding final year students through the design, development and implementation of unique research projects. Deanna currently convenes LING248 Social Networking and Cyberlanguage and LING111 Language: Its structure and use for the undergraduate Linguistics program.

Deanna is a member of the Faculty of Human Sciences Standards and Quality committee, the Department of Linguistics Learning and Teaching committee, and the Academic and Professional Communication research group.


Brick, J., Herke, M., & Wong, D. (2016). Academic culture: A student's guide to studying at university. (3rd ed.). South Yarra: Palgrave Macmillan.

Brick, J., Herke, M., Wilson, N., & Wong, D. (2018 fc). Academic success: A student's guide to studying at university. London: Macmillan.

Peters, P., & Wong, D. (2015). Backchannels and turn management, In C. Reuhlemann, & K. Aijmer (Eds) A Handbook of Corpus Pragmatics: Exploring Speaker Meaning in           Computer Corpora, (pp.408-429), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Wong, D. (2012). Dynamic Listening: The Use of Backchannels in Telephone Conversation. (Unpublished PhD thesis). Macquarie University, Sydney.

Wong, D., Cassidy, S., & Peters, P. (2011). Updating the ICE Annotation system: tagging, parsing and validation. Corpora, 6(2); 115-144.

Wong, D., & Kruger, H. (2018 fc). Yeah, yeah yeah, or yeah no that’s right: A multifactorial analysis of the selection of backchannel structures in British English’, In V. Brezina, R. Love, & K. Aijmer (eds.). Corpus Approaches to Contemporary British Speech: Sociolinguistic studies of the Spoken BNC2014. New York: Routledge.

Wong, D., & Peters, P. (2007). A study of backchannels in regional varieties of English, using corpus markup as the means of identification. International Journal of Corpus Linguistics, 12 (4); 479-510



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Projects 2007 2018

Research Output 2007 2018

Academic success: a student's guide to studying at university

Brick, J., Wilson, N., Wong, D. & Herke, M. 23 Mar 2018 (Accepted/In press) United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan. 239 p. (Palgrave Study Skills)

Research output: Book/ReportTextbook

academic success

Academic culture: a student's guide to studying at university

Brick, J., Herke, M. & Wong, D. 2016 3rd ed. Melbourne: Macmillan Publishers. 331 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Turn management and backchannels

Peters, P. & Wong, D. 2015 Corpus pragmatics: A handbook. Aijmer, K. & Rühlemann, C. (eds.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 408-429 22 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

conversation analysis

Updating the ICE annotation system: Tagging, parsing and validation

Wong, D., Cassidy, S. & Peters, P. Nov 2011 In : Corpora. 6, 2, p. 115-144 30 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

International Corpus of English
concentration research
technical language
New Zealand

Activities 2017 2017

Lit@MQ Macquarie University Student Literacy Corpus

Herke, M. (Participant), Wong, D. (Participant), Little, H. (Participant), Hoadley, S. (Participant), Wu, C. (Participant)

Activity: Other